Jackson Hole

Check out the Unofficial Guide to Jackson Hole for details on things like secret stashes, best places to ski, avoiding lift lines, and other local insights on the mountain. 


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GOODness! What a big mountain!
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The Best ski resort in Wyoming, if not in the entire USA!



In Jackson:

265 S. Millward St,

Jackson, WY


Pizza and American style food, and of course, beer.


Rendezvous Bistro

380 S. US Hwy 89,

Jackson, WY


American and French cuisine.


Snake River Grill

84 E Broadway,

Jackson, WY

307 733 0557

Steak and Seafood.




Jackson Hole

There can be few more spectacular settings for a mountain resort than Wyoming's Jackson Hole, with the Teton mountains towering above. As thrilling as the view is, it only gets better when you and 62 other lucky souls board the aerial tram for the 12 minute ride to the top of Rendezvous Mountain. Unlike most North American resorts, Jackson Hole is ready-made for free skiing. Trails have little meaning in the expanse of the resort's upper reaches. In this setting, skills count -- the high terrain at Jackson is best suited to advanced and expert skiers. Recent lift additions provide better access to the gentler slopes on the lower half of the mountain. Because Jackson's base elevation is relatively low for the Rocky Mountains (6,311 feet, 1,924 meters), snow quality on the lower half of the mountain can be a problem. One solution is to spend a day or two at Grand Targhee, on the other side of the Teton mountain range. Some lonely French-Canadian fur trappers named the Grand Tetons for their likeness to big breasts. Jackson Hole was originally named Jackson's Hole for Davey Jackson, a mountain man who trapped in the area during the late 1800's. "Hole" was a term used in that day to describe a high mountain valley.

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Lifts-Total number of lifts12
Lifts-Total lift capacity16,733/hr.
Trails-4-Expert only50%
Trails-5-Terrain park
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General-Base elevation6311'
General-Vertical drop4139'
General-Mountain range
General-Annual skier visits
General-Back country access3000+ acres
General-Total area in bounds2500 acres
General-Snow making coverage195 acres
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC


Pros: Steepness, powder, rough.

Cons: None I am aware of.

My girlfriend and I went to Jackson Hole somewhere around March 2010. Bob Peters showed us around. What an impressive mountain! One of the best ski areas of the US, especially for advanced skiers. Don't know how it is for beginners.


Other resorts we have been to in the US and can compare with; several in CO, UT and CA.


JH was the first resort in the US which humbled us. Colorado especially looked so flat. 

This mountain however is rough, huge and offers so much runs for advanced skiers. We had lots of powder and of course, the day with Bob Peters was incredible!

We also liked the town Jackson., the million dollar bar and all of the western feeling. I would also recommend to go on a snowmobiling tour to Yellowstone. That's why I rated the area Family friendly. Can't tell if there are many easy runs on the mountain but I am sure you can have lots of fun in that area with a family.


It is definitely an area we will come back to.


Pros: The real deal

Cons: Snow not up to reputation

First of all congratulations to Bob Peters for creating the definitive summary about skiing in-bounds at JH.


JH packs more difficult and challenging terrain into its resort boundaries than any other area in North America, and its side country is unequaled.  That said it is a mere pimple on the Whistler/Blackcomb map when it comes to size, and its groomer skiing is sub-par.. And while a night at the Mangy Moose can leave you twisted, trying to keep up with the Whistler party scene is possible only if you have Olympic levels of endurance.


Now about that snow---.  When JH has a season like 2010-2011 you'll be in pig heaven.  However on a more normal year, to say nothing like what is shaping up this year, the lower faces and Hobacks may come into shape perhaps ten days a season, and since they face South, they can be trashed in a day. Under these conditions the mountain at JH has less good  skiable area than mellow little Targhee. If you like powder rather than moguls you will find yourself using a very expensive lift pass to access the out of bounds on the upper mountain rather than skiing the ski area.  Or go to Targhee where there is twice as much deep powder.  Or hike for your turns on Teton Pass with all the locals who rarely bother skiing at the resort.


Pros: Unlimited terrain and often powder!

Cons: I'm not there now!

I can't add much to Bob's guide, it is very nicely done! JHMR is an unreal place, where you can find mild to wild and lots of it. One thing I would add is to keep in mind that the trail-ratings (green, blue, double-blue, etc.) are different from mountain to mountain. I would say that there are runs at JHMR that are blue & double-blue that may actually rate as a black in other resorts, so if you aren't an advanced or expert skier be careful before you go full-bore into an "easy" double-blue run. Most of us will be better skiers after a few days at Jackson Hole. Note that in Bob's guide he mentions areas you can ski to and have the ability to see other runs from, so you can judge whether or not you are ready to try the more aggressive stuff. Also note that if you go up the tram or the gondola and don't want to ski/ride down, you can download.


While you are there, consider heading to the other side of the Tetons to Grand Targhee. Smaller and more laid-back than JHMR, GT is probably best described as an intermediates powder paradise, where there are nice, wide-open bowls full of powder. That's not to say that there isn't beginner or double-black stuff there as well - there is. Targhee is a great playground if you get some fresh, and a great place to learn to ski powder. Bring your goggles, and know that it is often socked in with fog or snow - and low to no visibility - it is also known as Grand Foggy... But, if the sun is shining and there is a foot of fresh, you may have the best day of your life! If you don't have a car, take the Targhee Express bus - you won't regret it!


Pros: Diversity

Cons: will kick your ass

Jackson Hole is an oddity.  If you’ve grown up with a love of skiing dear to the Swiss/Austraian/French tradition and all the imagery that goes with it, then, Jackson Hole is going to open your eyes to a whole new skiing tradition.  Lodged in the middle of cowboy country, the historic town of Jackson, WY is right out of a John Wayne movie.  That’s the setting for your next ski vacation (so much for Swiss chalets and cheese fondue).  Jackson Hole is imposing as a mountain.  From the parking lot, it has probably scarred away its fair share of beginners.  It looks like every run that leads to the base is a double diamond.  It’s a great first impression if you are a more experienced skier.  What makes Jackson Hole great is its diversity and the openness of its layout.  It’s hard to ski the trails at Jackson Hole.  You always end up somewhere else.  It has gigantic bowls, narrow chutes, testicles crushing jumps (the famous Corbet’s Couloir) and everything in between.  It’s wild and uncensored but mostly is simply amazing.  One of my favorite resorts.


Jackson Hole


Pros: Great, Huge, Steep

Cons: Not a lot there for the wife unless she's a bad#$$ or you're trying to get rid of her.


Pros: Intermountain Snowpack, Diverse Terrian, BC Access, Loads of Vertical

Cons: Can be pricey

4,139' feet of Vertical Gnar & a Tram is enough said, not to mention the access gates. Recommend a lesson if you're coming from Colorado, Midwest, or East Coast.  


Pros: Challenging trails, great snow and facilities

Cons: see above, and 20+ min bus ride into town

What a great mountain, great terrain, multiple bowls, plenty of off groomed and bumps, but always at least a moderately easy black down for the timid. Visibility can suffer when it snows, but I for one love to ski in falling snow.and did 2 days out of 6, 7th at Targhee. No lines except first lift up on a powder day. Tram quick to the top, chairs great, also gondola goes much of the way up.


Have been to Jackson Hole before this trip, and will return again.